The Game:IT uses Construct 2 by Scirra. Before you purchase this course check below to make sure your technology can support this course. For more detailed questions about the technology, email the STEM Fuse development team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a game development course, make sure you have access to a computer lab. While building the games isn't required to have internet access there are various other activities thoughout the course that require students to complete actions on the internet. Having the availability to access the internet will make this course easier to teach and more enjoyable for the students.
Construct 2 is only compatible with computers running Windows.
FOR WINDOWS USERS
Construct 2, the game engine, can be download directly on the Scirra website by visiting https://www.scirra.com/construct2. Unlike other game engines, Construct 2 can be installed over a network and doesn't have to be installed on a computer by computer basis. For more information on the options for downloading the software see the Downloading Construct presentation in the course materials. Also, you can read about the downloading options directly on the Construst 2 site by visiting https://www.scirra.com/manual/4/installing-construct-2.
When downloading Construct 2 make sure to use the latest stable release. Scirra is constantly improving its software and there may be mulitple releases within a short time period. The curriculum used in the course will work with mulitple versions of Construct. To ensure you get the latest stable version just use the download button on https://www.scirra.com/construct2 page (green button). Construct 2 does also professional additions to the software, but to run the course you will only need the free version. If you wish to purchase a professional addition contact STEM Fuse for more information.
Recommended System Requirements for Construct 2:
Windows XP or newer
1 GHz Processor
HTML5 compatible browser (Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Chrome, Opera)
Updated graphics card
Screen resolution of 1024×600
For a full list of requirements visit https://www.scirra.com/manual/6/system-requirements
Construct 3 is releasing soon. It will feature an in-browser game engine that will allow it to run on a multitude of devices. To see if your device an run Construct 3 go to the system requirements page here. Currently Construct 3 will support running in a Chrome browser on Windows, Mac, Linux, Chromebooks, and Android Devices. iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and some mobile phones are not supported at this time.
Recommended system requirements:
- Processor: 2ghz
- Memory: 2GB RAM
- Browser: Chrome v57+